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post #1 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Calling the vet makes me nervous

I feel I have to call the vet and find out why Citrus is not losing his winter coat, even if it means bad news. It just is not normal and with all my brushing and grooming, not much is changing. I was hoping someone could tell me "my horse did that when I moved from California to Utah" but no such luck. I am very nervous because what if something is really wrong..... I secretly hope I am just an over worried owner and the vet laughs at me. But he is my boy and I will do what ever is within my means and his insurance to help him.

The vet will be out tomorrow (Friday) at 11:30am MST.
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post #2 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 09:51 PM
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Good luck!!
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post #4 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 10:11 PM
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Very well may be he's just missing something important in a diet. I wouldn't worry THAT much until the visit given he's in good weight and doesn't look sad or stressed. I hope nothing serious!
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other than his multitude of hair, he is fine.... he is my normal guy! Hoping that it is nothing serious, but must spend the money to find out.
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When the vet pulls the blood, maybe think about asking him to check his thyroid. I have known this to happen in horsed with thyroidism. Thyroid levels are not on a standard CBC/chem panel so you have to ask for it.
If it IS thyroid, it is usually a very simple, inexpensive fix.
GL, keep us posted

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post #7 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 10:38 PM
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it could be cushings, but I know horses that have had that and lived past thirty... So I wish you all the best, let us know what the results are.. who knows, maybe your boy knows something we don't :)
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post #8 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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My boy clearly has something... I was going to just ask for the cushings test in addtion to the cbc and cmp.... those just give baseline and infection information. I would like to know it all if I am going to pay the house call. Worry worry worry. I love my boy and am commited to keeping him for life. He is so sweet and fantastic and such a fast learner..... I am definitely bonded with him, regardless of how he feels about me (I think he likes grain more than he likes me)........ worry worry worry... bottom line is I am honestly scared something is seriously wrong with the second mammal that I love the most(first is my child). Not a fun feeling.
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post #9 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 10:47 PM
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I don't want to scare you but I only know of ONE horse that didn't shed it's Winter coat and something was VERY wrong. CALL THE VET. The other horse's owner did not call a vet and I'm sorry to say the horse did not make it. It most likely could have been prevented if she had gotten care to her horse.
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post #10 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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The vet is coming in the morning!!!!!!!!!! 11:30 am MST
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